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Government

  • Absentee voting to take place at Red Oak fire station Sunday

    RED OAK — Montgomery County residents who can’t vote in the November election will have an opportunity to cast their ballot early this week.

    According to Montgomery County auditor Joni Ernst, a satellite voting station for the general election will be available Sunday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Red Oak Fire Station Community Room.

    The absentee voting opportunity is taking place in conjunction with the annual Red Oak Fire Department open house.

  • Red Oak Council voting Sept. 20 on trash

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council will vote at its Sept. 20 meeting whether they want to further pursue an ordinance requiring residential trash pickup.

    After a 90-minute study session Monday night, the Council agreed to place the controversial issue on next week’s agenda, which could lead to formal discussions with local trash haulers.

    Several local residents attended the meeting, and were given the opportunity to address the Council.

  • Democratic rally to feature Harkin Thurs.

    RED OAK — State and national Democratic leaders are coming to Montgomery County this week, with a rally scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.
    Sen. Tom Harkin is the scheduled keynote speaker for the event, which will take place in the Montgomery County Gold Fair building at 1809 N. 4th Street in Red Oak.
    After serving five terms in Congress, Harkin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, and was re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008, making him the longest serving Democrat in Iowa’s history.

  • State of Iowa awards contract to online auction site

    DES MOINES - The State of Iowa is joining more than 3,100 government agencies nationwide and 13 other municipalities and public agencies in contracting with GovDeals’ online auction solutions.  

  • Congressman King coming to Red Oak

    RED OAK — Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) will be hosting a town hall meeting in Red Oak Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon in the Montgomery County Family YMCA.

  • Red Oak airport receives $50,000 grant

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley announced the Red Oak Municipal Airport would be receiving a $50,000 grant for runway rehabilitation from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.
    The $50,000 grant will primarily be used in preparation for a much larger project next year, when the airport plans to give the runway a six-inch overlay.

  • Mandatory trash pick-up decision delayed

    RED OAK — Red Oak’s City Council delayed a decision on mandatory trash pickup last week, pending consideration of hiring a consultant to study the issue.
    About 75 people attended the Council meeting, which was moved to the Fire Station to accommodate the large crowd, although no public comment was solicited or given.
    The idea formed from a committee created about two months ago, with the goal of cleaning up Red Oak. Councilmen Ivan Craig and Roger Waggener both serve on the committee.

  • Branstad brings ‘Truth in Budgeting' tour to Red Oak

    RED OAK — Terry Branstad brought his gubernatorial campaign to Red Oak Wednesday, presenting his “Truth in Budgeting” program while hammering current Gov. Chet Culver’s financial practices.
    “Our situation is pretty bad,” Branstad, who previously served four terms as Iowa’s governor said. “Iowa is expected to face about a $1 billion budget shortfall this fiscal year. We are here to identify the problem, propose solutions, and gather input from you.”

  • Branstad coming to Red Oak Wed.

    RED OAK — The Republican gubernatorial campaign will be rolling into Red Oak this week.
    According to a press release, Terry Branstad and State Auditor David Vaudt will conduct a “Truth in Budgeting Event” Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the U.S. Bank Community Room in Red Oak.
    Branstad, who previously served four terms as Iowa’s governor, is the Republican nominee for governor. He is running the November election against Democrat incumbent Chet Culver.

  • Passport fee increase

    By Carleen Bruning Montgomery County Recorder
    On June 30, Montgomery County Recorder Carleen Bruning received notification from the Passport Bureau of the U.S. Department of State stating passport fees will increase July 13.   The fees will increase $35 for adults (age 16 and over) and $20 for minors (under age 16).